Productivity rises as output and hours fall

November 08, 2001

Productivity in the nonfarm business sector, as measured by output per hour, rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.7 percent during the third quarter of 2001.

Growth in output per hour of all persons, nonfarm business, seasonally adjusted, 1999 IV - 2001 III (percent change from previous quarter at annual rate)
[Chart data—TXT]

The increase in labor productivity occurred as output declined 1.0 percent and hours of all persons fell 3.6 percent. The decline in hours was the largest since the first quarter of 1991, when hours fell 4.8 percent, and the decline in output was the largest since the first quarter of 1993, when it fell 1.3 percent.

Productivity rose 2.2 percent in the second quarter of 2001, as output declined 0.4 percent and hours decreased 2.5 percent.

These data are a product of the BLS Quarterly Labor Productivityprogram. Data are subject to revision. Additional information is available in "Productivity and Costs, Third Quarter 2001," news release USDL 01-402.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Productivity rises as output and hours fall on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2001/nov/wk1/art04.htm (visited April 20, 2014).

OF INTEREST

Spotlight on Statistics: Productivity

This edition of Spotlight on Statistics examines labor productivity trends from 2000 through 2010 for selected industries and sectors within the nonfarm business sector of the U.S. economy.  Read more »